Suspect in Antisemitic Vandalism in Burbank, Glendale Pleads Not Guilty

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Suspect in Antisemitic Vandalism in Burbank, Glendale Pleads Not Guilty

A file photo of a police vehicle on April 1, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

12/19/2023

Updated: 12/19/2023

BURBANK, Calif.—A 32-year-old man pleaded not guilty Dec. 18 to tagging a Burbank synagogue and various businesses in Burbank and Glendale with antisemitic graffiti.
Klinton Allister Dion was arrested Thursday in San Bernardino County, according to the Glendale Police Department. According to jail records, Mr. Dion was arrested shortly after 9 a.m.
A judge Monday reduced his bail from $65,000 to $30,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be set on Jan. 3 in Burbank.
District Attorney George Gascón last week announced that Mr. Dion had been charged with a dozen felony counts, including two counts of vandalism of religious property involving Temple Emanu El and Emmanuel Church in Burbank.
The charges against Mr. Dion also include a hate crime allegation, along with an allegation that he has a 2011 assault conviction.
Mr. Dion faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted as charged, Mr. Gascón said.
The district attorney insisted that his office “will continue to aggressively prosecute” such hate crime cases.
Burbank police said earlier that Mr. Dion allegedly sprayed antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu El in the 1300 block of North Glenoaks Boulevard, and in the subterranean garage of an apartment complex in the 400 block of East Cypress Avenue, and to a nearby Burbank utility box.
Police said the graffiti consisted of swastikas, an iron cross, and the “SS” Nazi symbol.
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